Retreat to this little hideaway in a wildlife-rich valley between two villages. You need see no-one, but Pamela lives just a stroll away and you are welcome to use her pool. She organizes activities like yoga and is generous with wine, flowers and fruit. Ask her about all things regional, like walks and vineyards.
The cottage has been faithfully recreated using tuff stone from the original ruined building and it’s unpretentiously charming. After a day’s cycling, or doing nothing in particular, what a treat to sit out on the kitchen terrace with a glass of something local to be serenaded by cicadas and frogs.
Walk to Salernes and picturesque Villecroze to visit galleries and linger in cafés by fountains. Drive 30-minutes to Tourtour, known as the ‘village in the sky’ and one of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France, or 90 minutes to the Cote d’Azur.